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July 1, 2002 471-8675

Fireworks Safety Tips Available on Fourth of July Web Site

Lincoln, NE - Today, a new web site was unveiled celebrating the Fourth of July at http://nebraska.gov/4th/. The website provides the public easy access to information about safely celebrating the Fourth of July in Nebraska. The new website is a joint effort between the Nebraska Secretary of State’s office, the State Fire Marshal’s office, the Nebraska State Historical Society, and the Department of Economic Development

"This special website provides Nebraskans with one place they can visit from any part of the state to make their plans to celebrate Independence Day," said Secretary of State John Gale. "In these extremely dry conditions I hope people will either use the greatest caution when enjoying fireworks or attend one of the many professional displays across the state."

The State Fire Marshal’s office allows users to perform an online search of firework display permits, retail stands, distributors, and display operators to find information about firework stands and displays in their area. The site contains information about how to recognize legal fireworks and safety tips for responsible firework usage.

"We want to provide the people of Nebraska a web site where they can access information about the Fourth of July events in their area, but also to help them celebrate it safely," said Nebraska State Fire Marshal Ken Winters.

The Department of Economic Development offers information about Fourth of July events that are happening throughout the state. Users can find applicable information about attending these events on the new web site.

In addition, the website provides historical lessons about the American Revolution. Users can take an online quiz to test their knowledge of historical events or they can access archival information from the web site, conduct research and get publications through the Nebraska State Historical Society.

"It is important that we keep a historical perspective of the significance of this holiday as we celebrate. We live in the freest nation in the world and I hope people take a few minutes to reflect and think about how lucky we are to live in the United States of America," said Secretary Gale.

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